Chantal lead a very ordinary and boring life so she had to find something to keep her busy. At the age of five she began singing. Actually, she even recorded the first song she sang at that time. The song was "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston. Ever since that day she found her passion for performance. Unfortunately, unlike many children in a similar situation, Chantal barely had a chance to nurture her gifts, never took lessons, was never able to audition for performances, never had the time, confidence, or support she needed and wanted in order to exceed.
Middle school came and Chantal finally had the chance to join the chorus. She loved it since the first day. In fact, she even decided to sign up for it every year. But again, since talent neglection was a problem in her earlier years Chantal was behind in experience, never understood even the basics of technique, and in short...she stunk! She wasn't the only one that thought so. One day while listening to her walk-man in the car with her mom and sister she overheard them above her singer discussing how they can't believe that Chantal can even consider going anywhere with her singing because she's so terrible. This deeply wounded her especially since her mother is always praising her for her nice voice. She always begged her to sing for her. Chantal didn't allow them to see her hurt though. She acted as if she never heard those words and just kept on singing
High school finally reared its ugly head and Chantal never gave up. Again, every year she signed up for at least one chorus class, practiced as much as she could, and absorbed as much musical knowledge as her brain was willing to hold. Up until her freshman year in high school Chantal always sat on her bed in the bedroom she shared with her older sister Carla and watched in admiration as her sister busted out with all the latest, sexiest, and most difficult dance moves at that time including a lot of steps she conjured up on her own. Chantal thought of how many great singers are great dancers as well, so she figured she'd give it a shot. Carla then attempted to teach her younger sister the easiest things she could think of...but the effort was pointless. Chantal was just too stiff. Or was it pointless? This kind of humiliation just made Chantal want to become a better dancer than her sister.
Every day after school Chantal would come home, lock her bedroom door, and sing and dance for hours at a time. She looked and felt so foolish! At least she never caved in though. Thank goodness for her vivid imagination, it enabled her to picture herself, her movement, make things up as she went along, and so she moved with her mind. Chantal couldn't believe it, but she had taught herself how to dance! Before long (about 4 years) she felt that she has found something that she is now really great at that moves her one step closer to becoming a good performer. Now she's able to choreograph dances within weeks or even days!
All the while Chantal never stopped singing though. She's constantly been working herself to exhaustion trying to learn more about her voice and its capabilities. She's even been training herself how to use different techniques including vibrato; when the voice shakes in order to add beauty rather than straight, boring notes. This technique changed Chantal's voice a lot. Even though she discovered she has one and, for the most part, knows how and when to use it, she still strives for perfection. Beauty in her sound used to be a big problem for her. Not too long ago Chantal had nothing to offer with her singing. It was very plain, straight, right out ugly, and she understood why her mother and sister said those things behind her back. But after thirteen years of hard work, determination, and practice, Chantal has improved more than anyone will ever know. She realizes though that she's FAR from getting where she wants to be.
Chantal has already finished her first year of college at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and is studying Music to enhance her understanding and love of her trade and is also getting ready for another great year with Oh-My-Goodness! Promotions & Support and their new staff and clients! She still dreams of becoming a star even though to some she already is. It amazes her that she already has fans out there. It's only a matter of time before her whole life becomes complete.
Chantal is Available For: Backup singing/vocals, modeling (any), commercials, acting (any), recording contract, and basically anything that's not degrading.
Chantal's Goal: To be as well known AND as well-respected as Celine Dion or Janet Jackson. Also to be an actress and/or model.
Education: I've been in music classes since 6th grade all the way up to my last year in high school. I'm going to college to double major as a performer and educator of music. This way if my performance career doesn't go so well I have something I love to fall back on. I also took a Drama Practicum class and a Public Speaking class my senior year of high school, acting classes in college, several Music Theory courses, Sight Singing & Ear Training courses, etc. Currently I am in college studying not only to become an entertainer but also a teacher.
Career Skills: I have a 3+ octave range and can dance very well. I'm a fast learner, write lyrics at times, choreograph dances, and formed a music group/organization called XFX that consisted of singers and/or dancers. I was the head of the group which required many responsibilities and I worked very hard to keep XFX on track. I had my performers to help me as well and we're very much like a family and I'm quite proud of their hard work and dedication. Currently I am the President & CEO of a free online promotion company called Oh-My-Goodness! Promotions & Support which is not only dedicated to promoting the most talented artists found on the web but also offers numerous resources, artist development, and abundant support to ALL striving artists.
Schools chorus: 6th through 12th grade (had many solos and was in small ensembles; 2 or 3 people)
Jazz Choir: 12th grade (sang baritone because there was only one male in the class)
45/75 "Flowers Through a Choking Vine": 10th grade (singer and dancer)
"Fiddler on the Roof": 10th grade (singer and dancer)
Variety Show '99: 10th grade (choreographed and danced)
Rhode Island Music Education Association (RIMEA) Junior All-State (Honors): 7th and 9th grade
RIMEA Senior All-State: 12th grade ~Solo And Ensemble: 12th (sang solo and in a trio, won medals for both performances)
XFX: 12th grade + (was asked to performed at last choral concert at North Kingstown High School)
"A Christmas Carol": 2002 @ City Nights Dinner Theater * Paid Venue (Betsy, Good Heart Sister, Spirit, & Party Goer)
School Fashion Show: 11th grade
Comments: No matter how many times I get rejected I will never give up my dreams.
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